1307 N. Rock Road | 316.634.2787
Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday from 1 0 AM to 5 PM
Originally founded as the Wichita Art Association in 1920, Mark Arts is the area’s oldest and most comprehensive visual arts organization. For more than 95 years, Mark Arts has made art and arts education available to the citizens of Wichita and the surrounding communities.
The School of Creativity offers nine studios dedicated to art instruction for adults, teens and children.
- Culinary Arts
- Digital Arts
- Painting & Drawing
- Jewelry Making & Metalsmithing
- and More
Mark Arts offers a 5,000-square-foot main gallery with annual exhibitions showcasing regional and national artists. Other exhibition spaces include the youth gallery and School of Creativity Commons. Exhibitions include:
- Wichita National All Media Exhibition
- National Small Oil Painting Exhibition
- School of Creativity Student and Faculty Exhibitions
- Pastel National Exhibition
- Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition
- Abstract National Exhibition
- Eastern Kansas Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition
- Photographic Arts National Exhibition
- Printmaking National Exhibition
The Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
ADMISSION IS FREE.
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Your membership directly supports FREE admission to the gallery, educational programs, and outreach, while providing you with many valuable benefits and discounts. As a member, you have early enrollment privileges and discounts on art classes. You’ll also be the first to know about upcoming classes, exhibitions and programs.
Mark Arts is Wichita’s oldest visual arts organization, and one of the region’s only arts centers that includes a school. In the 1960s, Mary R. Koch, Olive Ann Beech and Gladys Wiedemann began their long-term support of the organization, helping become the premier art educations center that it is today. As a privately funded nonprofit organization, Mark Arts generates revenue through gifts, endowment earnings, tuition, art sales, venue rentals and special events.
Mark Arts’ resources include a permanent collection of more than 5,000 art works of regional and international importance. The Mark Arts Board of Trustees has identified arts education as the organization’s core strength. Highly qualified staff and faculty are committed to providing top quality arts education and experiences to students.
The exhibition program presents historical and contemporary works that document the history of visual arts. In addition to attracting visitors from all segments of the population, particular targeted audiences include students, members, community collectors and individuals who seek to enrich their lives through cultural activities.
Mark Arts’ permanent collection, which is rotated in small exhibits throughout the year, has particular strengths in American decorative arts, printmaking and art of the Midwest. Special lectures and family days are held throughout the year to underscore major exhibitions and provide insight into art. All exhibitions are closely integrated with the School of Creativity to ensure that visitors and students benefit from Mark Arts’ total resources. The art school was established in 1922. Classes were taught at various locations until relocating to 401 N. Belmont in the College Hill neighborhood in November of 1946.
The mission of Mark Arts is to be a vibrant arts hub in Wichita and the region by providing opportunities to appreciate and create art in an atmosphere of lifelong learning.
Mark Arts’ constituent base for general programs is roughly defined as south-central Kansas, but our sphere of influence reaches other regional cities such as Salina, Dodge City and Kansas City, especially when we feature artists living in those communities. Our membership resides mostly in Sedgwick and its neighboring counties, with a total population of over 644,000. Mark Arts serves a rapidly growing annual audience of more than 10,000 individuals.